Our society is tainted with a major issue about discriminating against people based on their skin color. Times have advanced and after a heap of the moral uprising in the past, the world has come down to accepting people and disregarding judgments based on natural skin color.
Many countries around the world had this issue. The particular discrimination of dark skin color was also in junction with racism as black people were continuously brought down among the others in all aspects.
But the world fought it hard and change finally came. Thereafter, the world did not look back and repeat the horrors it did with its own hands.
However, our society still takes the same path in a different route. Drawing lines between dark and fairer skins have succumbed to the minds of people which is far more dangerous than we think it is. It has deeply conditioned people and lets them naturally accord to it.
The mainstream judgment of dark skin is still a part of our society in Pakistan. No matter how many voices are raised against this discrimination, they are never enough.
Annie Khalid recently raised her voice against it. She reflects upon it, highlights the bitter facts and basically compels us to ponder over it.
Here is what she wrote:
STOP MOCKING DARK SKIN pic.twitter.com/LdNoXuz1ai
— Muniba ???? (@iMunyba) February 6, 2017
The post reads:
“Please read the entire post before commenting! Which pic do you prefer of me? The fairer version or the darker? I know a lot will the say the fairer version because in my country Pakistan, dark skin is discriminated against. In order to excel in the life, we must be fair skinned because dark skin is considered ugly. In order to succeed, we must have milky white skin, or we won’t be selected for that job interview we really want.
We must have a peachy color or we won’t be chosen for a good partner in marriage. I live in a society that tells me I’m not destined to be beautiful unless I am fairer and subsequently more attractive. Dark skinned women are usually cast as vamps or antagonists in TV dramas or movies and the fair maidens are chased by the heroes, who usually are dark skinned themselves (talk about racist AND sexist). Sadly I notice how people around me so casually crack jokes about black skinned people and it’s acceptable. Aunties will always comment on darkness our skin and ask why we’re looking so “Kali” these days?
Our friends will recommend fair & lovely or any other self-deprecating, cancerous fairness lotion and we’re meant to accept this as a norm? Sometimes I find myself opting for the filter on Instagram that gives me a lighter skin tone because I’m subconsciously turned towards the whiter skin. Sadly this is the world we live in. This is our society and I hate the fact my daughter is going to be brought to believe in order to be successful she must have fair skin. I myself am not a fair maiden in the least, I have wheatish skin tone and I couldn’t be happier with it.
But what I wanted to say with this post was that we need to stop mocking dark skin. We need to start loving the skin we live in and become more accepting of different colors. We need to stop being racist. We need to stop teaching our girls and boys that preference is given to lighter skin. We need to stop giving our society low self-esteem based on their color. We are not superior or inferior to anyone else. We aren’t just the color of our skin. We are intelligent, ambitious, determined, we are #muchmorethanthat
It cannot be truer than that. She pictured what usually happens in our society. It is indeed a bitter pill to swallow but think about it, you would realize where our society stands.
She resorted to real life examples and nearly all about what dark skinned people in our society have faced and or continue to face. Where our society tends to progress in other aspects, this issue cannot be ignored specifically.
While our society is gradually progressing towards being tolerant and accepting people as they are, there is still immense work to be done which might never finish because of how deeply we are conditioned, how narrowed our judgments are towards a bias.
Annie Khalid understands that speaking against a grave issue empathizes with millions of people facing the struggle in our society regardless of them being men or women; she knows her take on the matter is important. She holds an influence; she can indeed influence many of her fans and everyone who gets to read what she wrote.
We appreciate Annie Khalid’s effort as she fulfills her individual responsibility in facilitating the society for the better.